I was sad to hear that Peter Boyle died Tuesday. One of my favorite movies ever is the ultra-silly and hilarious Young Frankenstein. Directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder, the film wouldn't be the classic it is today without Boyle's Frankenstein, the straight man amidst the cast of loonies. (Well, as close to a straight man as you could be in a Frankenstein costume!) If you haven't seen this film, Netflix it now. RIP Peter Boyle.
Actor Peter Boyle died last night after a battle with multiple myeloma and heart disease. In recent years, Boyle was best known for playing the grumpy dad on "Everybody Loves Raymond," but before his sitcom stint, he had some truly great movies on his resume. Here are some of the Peter Boyle essentials to put in your Netflix queue.
This stunning 1972 movie is one of the 20th century's best commentaries—filmic or otherwise—on the soul-draining nature of American politics. Boyle plays Lucas, the campaign advisor to Robert Redford's senatorial candidate, Bill McKay. Both Boyle and Redford (who, it must be said, is at the height of his hotness here) do wonders with the Oscar-winning script.
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